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Living Democracy 2019

July 21, 2014
Life in the Black Belt of Alabama
Life in the Black Belt of Alabama

"For reasons of employment, much of the population has left the Black Belt in search of the opportunities the big cities can provide. But if you can look past the inconveniences of rural living, there's a distinct beauty to the Black Belt. I wanted to talk to those who stayed when they could've left. Those who have seen that beauty and fallen in love with it. I wanted to know why people stayed in Linden."

By Cristiana Shipma
July 30, 2014
Giving Garden Receives Get2gether Grant
Giving Garden Receives Get2gether Grant

Elba’s own Giving Garden was chosen from among hundreds nationwide to receive a 2014 Get 2gether Neighborhood Challenge grant.  The grant is funded by the Center for a New American Dream in partnership with the IOBY, http://www.ioby.org, a crowd-funding network.

By Jelani Moore
July 15, 2014
Selma City Council Meetings Engage, Inform
Selma City Council Meetings Engage, Inform

Selma is one of the most historic cities in Alabama. It is also, unfortunately, facing many present-day struggles that threaten the future prosperity of Selma’s citizens. The elected leaders charged with addressing the issues and maintaining this great city are Mayor George Evans, and the city council, which is made up of president Corey Bowie, Dr. Cecil Williamson, Susan Keith, Greg Bjelke, Angela Benjamin, Sam Randolph, Rev. Benny Tucker, Bennie Ruth Crenshaw, and Michael Johnson.

By Lowery McNeal
July 9, 2014
‘Pappa Joe’: The Man Behind the Scenes
‘Pappa Joe’: The Man Behind the Scenes

As the husband of Kathryn Friday (who has been mayor, high school principal and is now Marengo County Extension Coordinator), it seems that Joe Friday has little room to make his own impact in Linden. That’s far from the truth.

By Cristiana Shipma
July 29, 2014
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts

I cried the day I had to leave Collinsville. There was not a day during my ten weeks that I looked forward to leaving, and the final week of my internship crept up on me and reality hit hard. Through my tears I told my mom, “I can’t leave here for good. I keep believing I’m just taking a break and I’ll be back.”

By Shaye McCauley

Last Updated: April 04, 2019